Every year (well, for the last 3 years) Suz hosts an open house/football party on New Years Day. It's a "come on by, say hello, have a snack and watch some football" event...basically it's an indoor tailgate.
The size of the crowd varies but she always sets out an awesome spread (again, much like a tailgate) - This year the desserts took center stage. There were lemon curd tarts (the yellow was nullified by the addition of blueberries and blackberries - so no blame there); a cake (see below); cookies; gingerbread; chocolate pops; and more.
Here are a few pictures of the dessert table...
Yes. That is the cake. A football trophy. We've had this (nordicware) cake pan for a while - but I hadn't tried it before. For the first 67% of the preparation time I was really annoyed with myself that I had tried something new - but the end result was pretty cool - I embellished it with dark blue piped roses.
Suz took the chocolate pops to a new level - by making navy and white paw prints and
navy roses. She even wrapped the "stems" with floral tape.
The main "spread" included: pork and sauerkraut (of course); beef caprese picks (don't hate on the tomatoes); burnt kielbasa; bacon wrapped mini franks; lil' smokies in biscuits; marinated feta; olive tapenade; white bean dip; a huge ante pasta platter; meats and cheeses; chips, dips, pretzels and crackers; warm spinach dip; ham spirals; cheese straws; buffalo wings; and more.
I'll post a few more pix later - but for now...